Sustainability Showcase celebrates University’s environmental successes

The event also saw the unveiling of the University’s ambitious new carbon target.

Held at the Sheldonian Theatre with a drinks reception in the Weston Library, the Showcase attracted around 200 people from across the University. Dr David Prout, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources, hosted the evening after a welcome from Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson.

‘Where do we start to address such huge challenges?’ Professor Richardson asked, after outlining the scope of the environmental problems we face. ‘This event shows that each of us can make a real contribution.’

Professor Richardson also presented the first ever Oxford Student Union Sustainability awards to recognise the work of both individual students and of groups and societies.


Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson speaking at the Sustainability Showcase

Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson speaking at the Sustainability Showcase


There were prizes for the top-performing colleges in the 2018-19 Student Switch Off competition. Over the six years the competition has been running in Oxford, it has trained more than 364 students as ambassadors and had over 32,000 entries in the climate change quiz.

This year’s Green Impact scheme saw teams who have worked to make the buildings they work in more sustainable receive awards in many categories – bronze, silver, gold and for the first year ever gold plus aimed at teams that consistently push the boundaries. 

Oxford University Innovation (OUI) spoke about their ‘Roots to Success’ project, under which they will pay for a tree to be planted at Wytham Woods for every spin-out. OUI will be backdating this pledge, which will lead to more than 200 trees being planted over the next few years – they scooped the Green Impact Project Award. The event also heard from Rodrigo Hernandez of Kellogg College, who spoke about the transport and biodiversity initiatives they have been working on over the year; these saw Rodrigo and a student from the college collect the staff and student awards for 2019.  

Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability wrapped up the evening by launching the University’s new carbon target. The University plans to at least halve its carbon emissions by 2030, by continuing to implement carbon-reduction projects and building energy-efficient buildings.


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Winners and Highly Commended entries

Oriel College, Platinum award (Recycling/reuse winner), Student Switch Off

Oriel College, Platinum award (Recycling/reuse winner), Student Switch Off

Platinum Award

Brasenose College (Overall winner)

Oriel College (Recycling/reuse winner)

Gold Award

Christ Church College

Mansfield College


Silver Award

Corpus Christi College

Harris Manchester College

Jesus College


Lincoln College

University College

Wadham College


Bronze Award

Exeter College

Green Templeton College

Hertford College

Keble College

Kellogg College

Linacre College

New College

Pembroke College

Queen’s College

Regent’s Park College

St Anne’s College

St Anthony’s College

St Benet's Hall

St Catherine’s College

St Cross College

St Hilda’s College

St John’s College

St Peter’s College



Botnar Research Centre

Linacre College

Merton College

Richard Doll Building

Research Services - 5 Worcester Street

Research Services - Robert Hooke Building

Research Services - Boundary Brook House

Social Policy and Intervention

The Queen's College

Zoology Foster Lab

The Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics



Wolfson College

Careers Service

Radcliffe Science Library



Bodleian Book Storage Facility

Old Road Campus Research Building


Oxford School of Global and Area Studies

Kennedy Institute and Labs

Oxford University Press

Primary Care Health Sciences

Radcliffe Humanities

Brasenose College

Academic Office Kellogg College



Lady Margaret Hall

Estates Services

Finance Division

Osney One

Chemistry and labs

Oxford University Innovation


Excellence Project

Saïd Business School


Green Impact – Staff and Student Award - Winners

Philip Priest, Oxford University Innovation

Rodrigo Hernandez and Gabrielle Kiliman, Kellogg College


Green Impact – Staff and Student Award - Highly Commended

Vikki Rose – Oxford University Press

Marcus Boswell – University Sports


Hermione Grassi, Merton College, ‘Education Lights the Way’.

Student on a bike, Hermione Grassi

'Education lights the way', Hermione Grassi, Winner, Sustainability Photographer of the Year competition 2019

Runners up

Karl Dudman, St Edmund Hall, ‘Remote and Renewable’

Solar power on a house in Morocco

'Remote and Renewable', Karl Dudman, Runner up in Sustainability Photographer of the Year competition 2019

Mihnea Dumitrascu, Oriel College, ‘Radcliffe Camera Surrounded by Stars’.

Photo of the Radcliffe Camera against a night sky

'The Radcliffe Camera surrounded by stars', Mihnea Dumitrascu, Runner up, Sustainability Photographer of the Year competition 2019


Read more about the Sustainability Photographer of the Year competition 2019.




Winner - Individual

Freya Chambers, Corpus Christi College

Winner – Group

Oxford Climate Society and Anthroposphere Journal

Highly Commended - Individual

Caitlin Knights, New College

Harry Holmes, St Catherine’s College

Highly Commended – Group

Climate Action Week

Aldabra clean-up

Members of the Sustainability team look through the Sustainability photo frame
Around 200 people attended the event

Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability, announces the new carbon target


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For more information and pictures, please contact the Environmental Sustainability team.

+44 (0) 1865 6 14893